The former skipper of Uttar Pradesh and Team India batsman, Mohammad Kaif reacted severely to the bribing incident recently.
Moreover, on Thursday (July 19), a bribing incident surfaced which claims that a member of Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla sought for a bribe to facilitate in the state team.
News1 India, the Hindi news channel telecasted an alleged phone conversation of the men in question which includes the executive of Shukla namely Mohammed Akram Saifi.
However, the alleged phone conversation revealed through sting operation can be clearly heard. It takes place between Saifi, and Rahul Sharma, who is a cricketer.
A conversation between the men in question:
In the conversation, it can be clearly heard that Saifi is asking for “cash and kind” to ensure the selection of Rahul.
Moreover, it is a matter of surprise that Rahul has neither represented Indian Team nor has played for the state till yet.
But Shukla is presently posted as secretary of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPSCA).
Mohammed Kaif asks for the action:
Kaif, the former player urged Shukla to opt for a fair probe to put an end to the menace of corruption.
“Shocked to hear about the extent of corruption in UP Cricket. Young talent being curbed by corrupt agents asking for favours. Hope @ShuklaRajiv Ji ensures a fair investigation and justice to the young talent & helps restore UP Cricket.,” Kaif, who recently retired from all forms of cricket wrote on Twitter.
Tweet of Mohammad Kaif:
Shocked to hear about the extent of corruption in UP Cricket. Young talent being curbed by corrupt agents asking for favours. Hope @ShuklaRajiv ji ensures a fair investigation and justice to the young talent & helps restore UP Cricket.I stand by all those who have been exploited
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 19, 2018
“I stand by all those who have been exploited,” he added.
Meanwhile, Saifi denied all these charges by terming them as “baseless”.
Also, the reaction of Ajit Singh:
Earlier, the chief of the Board’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), Ajit Singh said that audio tapes are being sorted out from the channel.
“We have taken note of the sting and will examine the entire matter. Until we speak to the people involved, it is difficult to say anything as of now,” he said.